Valentine’s Weekend Guide for Miami Romantics

Valentine’s Weekend Guide for Miami Romantics

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami

We’ve put together a few of the best Valentine’s weekend destinations to be found in Miami, from romantic dinners  and brunches to sexy cooking and cocktail classes. All you have to do is choose one.

Bagatelle

Bagatelle - Valentine’s Weekend – Miami

Bagatelle offers the $185 Le Sobe which includes 16 market oysters, ½ Alaskan King Crab, Stone Crab Clows, 1 Maine lobster, 8 little neck clams, 12 mussles, 12 shrimps, seafood ceviche, yellowfin tuna tartar and Scottish salmon tartar. Tip: ask the charming maître d for table 203, the most romantic table.

Bagatelle is located at 220 21st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Seapice

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -Seapice - Seafood Carnival

Seapice goes for the full Monty with the Seafood Carnival. Market priced, this dish ranges from $600-750 and offers two 2lb lobsters, 8 jumbo prawns, 24 oysters, Alaskan king crab, Florida stone crab, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, Hamachi sashimi, salmon coconut ceviche, 2oz. sevruga caviar. Tip: table 85 is a dimly lit riverside table overlooking the downtown skyline.

Seapice is located at 422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128.

River Oyster Bar

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -River Oyster Bar

This iconic Brickell seafood spot has a perfect combination of low-key fine dining with soft lighting and impeccable food, for the ideal romantic setting. Make sure to order from their impressive oyster selection paired with wine or champagne to get the aphrodisiacs going!

River Oyster Bar is located at 422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

Montys Sunset

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -Monty's Sunset Claws and Rose

Cozy up with your special someone against the sunset and enjoy fresh seafood and cocktails while overlooking the South Beach Marina. Enjoy a relaxed romantic evening without having to go to over-the-top measures to impress your loved one. With affordable happy hour prices, a lively atmosphere and amazing rawbar selections, Monty’s makes the perfect Valentine’s Day spot to celebrate the first stages of your blossoming relationship.

Montys Sunset is located at 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For reservations, call: (305) 672-1148, or visit: montyssobe.com/menu

GK Bistronomie

GK Bistronomie is the sultry creation of Chef Rafael Perez, located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. For Valentine’s Day, GK Bistronomie will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $100 a person and includes two glasses of bubbly. Menu highlights include:

  • Parmesan Ceviche with Grouper, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aji Limo, Caviar and Cilantro Sprouts
  • Main Lobster with Beurre Blanc Fondue, Braised Leeks, Applewood Bacon, Peas Tendrils, Crispy Leeks
  • Colorado Lamb Chops with White Bean Custard, Cilantro Sauce, Onions, Salsa Criolla
  • Fanny Bay Oysters with Grapes and Tabasco Air

GK Bistronomie is located at 218 N.W. 25th St. Miami, FL 33127. For reservations, call 786.477.5151, or visit gkbistronomie.com

Ortanique on the Mile

Chef Cindy Hutson will be hosting a themed cooking class on Saturday, February 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $108 per person. Below dishes will be made:

  • Hearts on Fire with steamed artichoke hearts, crisp greens in a pink peppercorn Caesar and shaved grana pandano
  • Sweet Cheeks with Niman Ranch braised pork cheeks and sweet corn polenta in a cherry chipotle agave glaze
  • Making Whoopie with red velvet cookie cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese icing

Ortanique on the Mile is located at  278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For reservations, please call: 305.446.7710

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -Palmeiras Beach Club – outdoor patio dining - courtesy of Palmeiras

Palmeiras will offer a 3-course prix-fixe menu with a bottle of champagne at $95 per person on Sunday; guests can opt out of the champagne and dine at $75 per person as well. Special Valentine’s Day entertainment will feature music by Monsieur ZonZon. Tip: Ask for an isolated table outside overlooking the bay. Menu highlights include:

  • Rose Pork Belly with rose wine glaze, compressed grapes, black figs puree, raspberry vinaigrette
  • Champagne and Oysters Risotto with Kusshi oysters, celery root, seawater beurre blanc
  • Chocolate Dream with chocolate pain de gene, white chocolate cremeux, dark chocolate ganache, mandarin anglaise

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle is located at 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. For reservations, please call: 305.858.8300

Pubbelly  

Jose Mendin’s Asian-fused gastropub will be offering a special  9-course tasting menu at $85 per person includes one glass of champagne. Highlights include:

  • Kusshi Kusshi Oysters with champagne geleé, american caviar
  • Foie Gras with apple burnt cream, pain perdu, sauternes, black walnuts
  • Corn Soup with crab raviolis, black truffles, huitlacoche

Pubbelly is located in Sunset Harbor at 1418 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For reservations, please call: 305.532.7555

Michael Mina 74

Wine and dine your sweetheart at Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s Michael Mina 74. Lovebirds can enjoy a lavish four course prix-fixe menu for $250 per couple. Add wine pairings (as listed below) for an additional $100 (*$350 per couple). For guests that want to swoon with their beloved under the stars, this menu can be served in a romantic private cabana for $500 per couple or with exclusive wine pairings for *$600 per couple.  Menus:

Amuse Bouche

Hamachi Poppers, Crispy Rice, Sriracha Aioli

FIRST COURSE

King Crab Ravioli

Cognac Cream, Pickled Turnip, Caviar

California Sparkling Wine, Iron Horse Cuvée Michael Mina

*Russian River Valleygreen Valley, California 2010

Or

Smoked Eggplant

Roasted Pepper, Romesco, Parmesan Chips

California Sparkling Wine, Iron Horse Cuvée Michael Mina

*Russian River Valleygreen Valley, California 2010

SECOND COURSE

Seared Foie Gras

Lemon Confit, Corn Mousse, Popcorn Cappuccino

*Chenin Blanc, Domaine Pichot, Vouvray, France 2014

Or

Soy-Glazed Tofu

Wasabi Bok Choy, Garlic Chips, Carrot Mousse

*Sauvignon Blanc, Craggy Range te Muna Road, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2014

THIRD COURSE

Butter-Poached Maine Lobster

Sinach Velouté, Shrimp Rice Cake, Citrus Air

*Chardonnay, Calera, Central Coast, California 2013

Or

Grilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin

Parsley Mustard Purée, Garlic Cream, Mushroom Ragú

*Pinot Noir, Van Duzer, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012

 

FOURTH COURSE

Beignets

12 Year Aged Maccallan Caramel, Butterscotch

*Palomino Fino, Lustau Don Nuño Solera Reserv, Dry Oloroso Sherry nv

Or

Macaron

Fresh Raspberry, Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Coconut Sorbet

*Furmint Blend, Royal Tokaji Company Mád Cuvée, Tokaji, Hungary, 2012

Selection of Mignardise

Michael Mina 74 is located inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach  at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. For more information or reservations, please visit fontainebleau.com/valentines-day or call (305) 674-4636.

Trapiche Room

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -Trapiche Room menu vday

JW Marriott Miami’s Executive Chef, Alex Paz, invites couples to share a romantic dining experience at the Trapiche Room. Menu highlights include Black Truffle and Taleggio Potato and Chocolate Dusted Prime Filet with Stone Crab Risotto. The delectable experience finishes with a decadent Red Velvet Rum Cake. The romantic dinner on February 14th is priced at $80 per person with the option of wine pairings for an additional $25

Trapiche Room is located inside the JW Marriott Miami at 1109 Brickell Avenue,  Miami,  FL  33131. To make a reservation, visit Open Table at: opentable.com/the-trapiche-room-reservations-miami?rid=108037&restref=108037

15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar at Viceroy Miami

The hotel’s signature restaurant is featuring a seven-course dinner menu. There’s even a menu option for vegetarians, too. Combined with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, two complimentary glasses of bubbly and saxophonist, the over-the-top Valentine’s dinner at 15th & Vine is sure to impress even the most discerning sweethearts. But, if you are looking to add a little spice to the occasion, 15th & Vine heats things up with a SoBe Picante cocktail ($15) made with chile-infused tequila, cilantro-orange syrup and lime.

Highlights of the Valentine’s menu include: Three Clam Chowder with sweet corn, celery and bacon; Portobello and Turnip Napoleon with a ginger-soy mirin sauce; Amarillo Ceviche with shrimp, octopus, bay scallop and Amarillo sauce; homemade Mushroom Gnocchi with seared wild mushrooms and truffle mushroom jus; Filet Mignon served with wild mushroom potato pave, tomato coulis, red wine reduction and herb oil; and Grilled Cuttlefish atop squid ink risotto and whipped saffron potato.

For vegans, a six-course menu is available and includes: Farmers Market Salad to start; Portobello and Turnip Napoleon as the second course; Quinoa Salad for the third entree, 4th course Mushroom Gnocchi, and Pomodoro San Marzano as the final savory dish with spaghettini, blistered tomatoes, basil and marinara sauce.

To finish off the romantic evening, guests also enjoy a Chocolate Molten cake paired with berries and hazelnut ice cream. Dinner for two includes a glass of champagne each and is $170, plus tax and gratuity. 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 14.

15th & Vine is located in the Viceroy Miami hotel at 485 Brickell Avenue in Miami, FL 33131. For reservations, call 305-503-0373, or visit: 15thandvine.com

The Art of Love Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Celebrate the holiday of love and the arts with a casual, yet, fun Art of Love Brunch. Locals and guests alike can create an entire day surrounded by the arts, beginning with the art of culinary. A locally-sourced, love-theme brunch offers chef’s carving stations, fresh seafood, breakfast favorites and of course, desserts! The brunch includes bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Bubbly. Complimentary valet parking and tickets to the 53rd Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, just outside of the hotel’s doorsteps, are also part of this special event.  $85 per adult/$35 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

The Art of Love Brunch, from 9am to 3pm, will be held on Feb. 14 at Bizcaya at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, (Miami), located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL . For reservations, call: (305) 644-4680, or visit: Ritzcarlton.com/coconutgrove

The Dutch

Award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s roots-inspired American restaurant, is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three course prix fixe menu designed with couples in mind. Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the dinner comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts. Menu follows:

APPETIZERS, (choice of)

Baby Kale Salad

Bailey Hazen Cheese, Radish, Brown Butter

Yellowtail Crudo

Spicy Watermelon, Jalapeño

Lobster Salad

Vadouvan Curry, Mango, Cashews, Coconut

Foie Gras Duck Terrine

Mustard, Pickles, Warm Brioche

Steak Tartare

Quail Egg, Grilled Bread, Truffle Vinaigrette

SECONDS, (choice of)

Sweet Corn Mezzaluna

Green Onions, Hen of the Woods, Truffle

Seared Scallop

Squash, Berkshire Pork Belly, Cider Jus

Florida Red Snapper

Warm Farro Salad, Heirloom Tomato, Clams

Baharat Spiced Chicken Biryani

Coriander, Cauliflower

Bone-In Manhattan Steak

Duck Fat Fryed Rustic Potatoes

[$5 Supplement]

DESSERT COURSE, (choice of one per couple)

Gripper’s Chocolate Grail

Chocolate & Passion Fruit, Caramelized Banana, Meringue

Bourbon Bread Pudding

Candied Pecans, Vanilla Ice Cream, Dulce De Leche Donuts

The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 938-3111 or booking online at opentable.com/the-dutch-miami

Lure Fishbar

Miami Beach’s award-winning seafood hot spot, is offering a prix fixe menu for $70 per person. This Valentine’s Day, guests will fall head over heels for the restaurant’s spectacular ocean views and romantic maritime atmosphere while enjoying a dinner crafted by Executive Chef John Iatrellis. Menu as follows:

AMUSE- BOUCHE

Torched Salmon Belly

APPETIZER SELECTION, (Choice of)

Lobster Bisque -Chives, Créme Fraîche, Brioche Croutons

Field Green Salad -Hearts of Palm, Grilled Shrimp, Shaved Fennel, Watermelon Radish, Spiced Nuts, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette

Tuna Tataki -Micro Arugula, Crispy Shallots, Orange Ponzu

ENTRÉE SELECTION, (Choice of)

Grilled Black Grouper -Crispy Mushrooms, Wild Rice, Watercress Purée

Seared Swordfish -Sautéed Broccoli Rabe, Fingerling Potatoes, Caper Gremolata

Whole Daurade -Grilled Lemon, Watercress, Agrodolce

DESSERT SELECTION, (Choice of)

Tropical Paradise -Passion Fruit, Guava & Coconut Sorbet, Served with Fresh Fruit

Red Lace -Red Velvet Molten Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream, White Chocolate Ganache

Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM. Valet parking is available. For reservations, please call (305) 695-4550 or visit lurefishbar.com

Toscana Divino

The premiere modern Italian restaurant celebrates Valentine’s Day with  Weekend d’Amore.  Starting February 12th and through February 14th, Toscana Divino is indulging Couples with selections from their Menu d’Amore a la carte or a three-course dinner, including a demi bottle of Franciacorta for only $75 per person.

The menu consists of Cuore Di Zucca ($20), an appetizer consisting of luxurious textures of Squash, Pecorino & Guanciale; the entree choices include a pasta Mezzaluna Di Manzo ($28), Painted Hills Beef Short Rib Ravioli simmered in a haunting Black Truffle Cream sauce, and a fish selection È Davvero Salmone ($35), is a dish consisting of Wild Salmon, Hearts of Palm “Caponata” & Anson Mills Rice Arancini. For dessert, the chefs have prepared Passione Cioccolato ($15), Toscana Divino’s death by chocolate version of a Black Forest cake with 65% Dark Ecuadorian Chocolate, Local Coconut, Mint &  Amarena Cherries.

Music will be provided by DJ Corrado, spinning romantic vinyl classics, for each evening’s soundtrack. There will also be a professional photographer to capture the magical evening.

No time to grab a present or a card? No worries! The exquisite Enrico Pucci bags are available to purchase as a gift at 50% off until February 10th. After dinner Toscana Divino’s staff will deliver the bag(s) to your table at the completion of your meal with a card containing a personalized message from you to your love. Dinner also includes a small gift bag and a red rose for the ladies.

Toscana Divino’s Weekend d’Amore will take place on Friday, February 12th until Sunday, February 14th.  The three-course menu will cost $75/person plus tax and gratuity.

Toscana Divino is located in the heart of Mary Brickell Village, at 900 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130. For more information, please call: 305-371-2767, or visit:  toscanadivino.com

Dolce Italian

Dolce Italian creates an atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, February 14th, guests of the restaurant will enjoy a special prix fixe four-course menu that includes a Chilled Seafood Salad, Risotto Al Porcini, a Terramare with filet mignon and lobster tail, and Meringata for dessert. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at $75 per person.

Separately, guests will have the option to order from a special selection of champagnes to share with their significant other, including Dom Perignon, Dom Perignon Rose, Krug Grande Cuvee, and Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Brut, among others.

Dolce Italian is located inside the Gale South Beach at 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For reservations please call (786) 975-2550

Veuve Champagne Cocktail Bartending Class at Regent Cocktail Club

Regent Cocktail Club is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special edition cocktail making class featuring delicious Veuve champagne cocktails. On Sunday, February 14th, couples will receive a comprehensive introduction into bartending techniques and etiquette from 7 – 9 pm. Regent Cocktail Club’s classic bartenders set the stage for romance with the art of crafting champagne cocktails, where they will share first-hand insight and leave guests with greater knowledge of cocktail recipes, methodology, and a dash of romance.

Light appetizers and delectable desserts will be provided by Dolce Italian to compliment the tastings and add an extra spark to the date.  Following the bartending class and open to all guests of Regent Cocktail Club, Valentine’s couples can continue their date late into the night with a live acoustic session by singer Nicolle Chirino from 9 pm – 11 pm and a special Valentine’s Day cocktail menu.

Regent Cocktail Club is located at 1685 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Pre-purchase price for the tickets are $85 per person and can be found through RegentCocktailClub.com/Bartending-Class or $100 per person at the door. The class is limited to 20 people.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

Valentine’s Weekend – Miami -Essensia Restaurant and Lounge

Wine and dine your Valentine with an al fresco dinner on the lush romantic terrace at Essensia Restaurant & Lounge. With this elegant, 6-course menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Venoy Rogers, delight your palette with an Amuse choice of Guava & Brie or Vegetable Tartare, then select your “Perfect Match” choice of Salmon & Avocado or Winter Melon, followed by a light and fresh “Love Potion” gazpacho. Your sweetheart will love the “From the Heart” salad medley, prepared with romaine hearts, artichoke hearts, celery hearts and hearts of palm. For entrees, valentines can indulge with unique, natural gourmet dishes like Truffle & Cheese Sacchetti, Bone-in Ribeye Felet, Chili Dusted Local Snapper or Sunfresh Farm & Ranch Organic Hen. Top it all off with a “Make me Melt” chocolate strawberry dessert and a champagne toast with the one you love.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge is located inside The Palms Hotel & Spa at 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Valentine’s Day dinner at Essensia is $135 per person. For reservations and more information, call : 305-908-5458, or visit: essensiarestaurant.com

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